Classes for You

Classes for You

Along with home visits, MOMS Orange County offers you classes throughout Orange County where you can meet other moms and dads, make friends, and learn together about the prenatal journey, preparing for childbirth, caring for a newborn, and helping your baby grow strong, bright and happy. Special class are available for breastfeeding and postpartum support.  Along the way, you will gain knowledge, confidence and support for your journey.

The workshop for new dads, Taller Para Papás, is for men only.  Experienced dads are there showing how to diaper, bathe, feed, hold and comfort a crying baby — and so much more — including discussion about the unique influence a father has on a baby’s development.

And, once your baby is 3 months old, enjoy fun activities together in class, learn how to help your baby grow strong, and meet other new parents with babies the same age.

Classes are in Spanish and English

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Some of the things moms and dads
learn in our classes

  • How my baby is growing during pregnancy and the importance of healthy eating and exercise
  • Preparing myself for labor and childbirth and taking care of myself after birth
  • How to better prepare for postpartum life
  • How to diaper, feed and comfort my baby
  • Successful and satisfying breastfeeding for a healthy baby and mother
  • Activities so my newborn grows strong
Some of the things moms and dads learn in our classes

Classes and Support Groups

Prenatal Education

Classes on fetal development, prenatal care and the importance of healthy nutrition, exercise, and caring for yourself during pregnancy.

In Spanish only

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Childbirth Preparation

This class prepares expectant parents and their birthing coach for labor and delivery, with information on pregnancy anatomy and descriptions of the labor and birth process as well as pain management and relaxation techniques. Dads, coaches and/or a support person are encouraged to attend.

(We recommend taking these classes early in your third trimester)

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Preparing for Postpartum (ROSE)

This class is based on an evidence-based curriculum (Reach Out Stay Strong Essentials for new mothers) that has shown to reduce the risk of postpartum depression (PPD) by 50%. The class will cover topics on how to identify PPD, managing stress in transition to motherhood, building a strong social support as a buffer against PPD, redefining expectations for self and relationships and more resources for your mental health and wellbeing. This class is a safe space for expectant birthing people to share, talk and better prepare when baby comes. We recommend taking this class anytime between second and third trimester.

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Postpartum Support Group

Transitioning from pregnancy to motherhood is not easy and often doesn’t fit your picture of what you thought it would be or what you wanted it to be. Our weekly support group provides an opportunity to join other new moms and have all your questions answered and challenges addressed. Our group are always led free of judgment, with care, love and support.

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Taller para Papás Workshop for New Dads

Fathers Only

Veteran fathers and their new infants mentor fathers-to-be in diapering, feeding, burping, swaddling, bathing, infant safety, holding and comforting a crying infant. Other important topics include preventing child abuse, balancing work and family responsibilities, and the changing relationship with your mate.

In Spanish only

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Breastfeeding Class & Private Consultation

This class covers the basic information and education about breastfeeding: positioning, feeding techniques, how to store breast milk and corrective actions for breastfeeding problems. Dads, coaches and/or a support person are encouraged to attend. The private consultation is offered for post-partum parents who may need extra support in their breastfeeding journey.

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Mommy & Me Classes

3-5 months;  12-17 months

Learn activities to stimulate your baby’s mental and physical development. Mothers and babies come together in a fun and creative group environment. After graduating from Mommy & Me classes, you are given information on fun activities to do at home or with a playgroup.

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My Family & Me Classes

6-11 months

Mothers and their partners (or other caregiver such as a grandmother or close friend) and babies come together in a fun and creative group environment. Some of the topics covered are: benefits of talking and communicating, emotions with baby, importance of reading, and why it’s important to limit media exposure time at an early age. This class is filled with lots of fun songs and hands on activities!

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Meet Christina

Our Home Visitor prepared us for Allison’s arrival, helping me find resources for basic needs to be sure I was healthy during my pregnancy. Once Allison was born, I attended Mommy & Me classes.  It was more than worth the one-hour bus ride each way. Seeing Allison reach her development milestones ahead of schedule and spending time with the other mothers and babies was so important to me.

So when I became pregnant with my son Richy three years later, I knew I had to invite MOMS into my home and life once again. Thank goodness I did! I again found a strong circle of support, helping me feel less alone and more empowered as a mom.

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